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RATINGS: 1634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Vast in character, luscious & complex. Brewed with peat-smoked barley, this strong ale is brewed with organic juniper berries, vanilla & maple syrup. Its aged on oak and fermented with a blend of English & Belgian yeasts.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Aged for a year, bottled 10/26/11, pours a garnet color with a medium tan head. Served room temp, aroma is super boozy, maybe since its warm, ill try the other bottle cool, someraisin and leather notes, pretty earthy aroma, the vanilla is faint, no maple or oak, just more booze. Taste lets the juniper shine with some piney gin like notes, earthy flavor, maple sweetness is there a bit in the taste, and so is the oak, finishes dry, not near as boozy in taste as in aroma. Would like to try a fresh batch for comparison, good brew overall.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnokk (526) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2017
2007 bottle sampled in 2017. APPEARANCE- dark ruby color. NOSE- sweet & nutty. totally boozy. FLAVOR- sweet, slightly dry. dark fruits... fig. NOTES- almost like drinking a liquor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2955) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2017
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD. Clear, ruddy copper with a thin off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, maple, plums, prunes and oak. Taste of caramel, alcohol, vanilla, maple, oak, prunes and plums. Full/medium body and medium carbonation. This might be a great beer after cellaring. As it is, on tap, it still has a hard edge. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1692) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2017
UPDATED: APR 14, 2017 Tap at Clubhouse BFD. Pours sticky Burgundy copper, tan head. Aroma is cherry, caramel, toffee, vanilla, citrus. Solid. Flavor is cherry, boozy, quite smokey, caramel, vanilla, some citrus. Boozy burn. Pretty hot. I like it, but it?s kinda sweet and smokey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2017
Slightly smoky with sweet malt, maple and a bit of oak. Boozy and warming. Strong with nice flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (1012) - - APR 2, 2017
Slightly hazy, reddish-amber with a medium sized head. Aroma was very strongly oak with smoky notes. Taste was also strongly oak with smoky notes. Sweet upfront with malty flavor sin the middle and notes of vanilla in the finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Macegan75 (842) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2017
2009 Vintage on draft at Capones. Pours slightly opaque medium to dark brown with minimal head that hangs around the edge of the glass. Aroma is mild fruity ketone, corn sugar, booze, stove top hard candy like my grand mom made, mild ash and slight esters. Taste is similar with a moderate smoke flavor that fades quickly with a touch of oxidation. Finish is pleasant with mild tart and citrus flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlindGuardianco (88) - - FEB 21, 2017
Was not sure what to expect from this on since I have not had any barley wines. If it was a beer I would say it was a bit too boozie and flat but I think that is how it is mean to be.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (1105) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes Aroma: smoke, caramel, juniper, smoke, woody Appearance: dark amber with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gephross100 (926) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 On draft at Brew and Brew. Pours murky red color with a small white head. Smells like a Manhattan, Bourbon, vermouth, and cherries.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergaard (335) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2016
Another beer from dogfish head that offers nothing else but sweet and sticky syrup.


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